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Why Is Safe Sex Important?

Living in an increasingly secular society, the moral shackles of having sex outside of marriage are ever reducing. People around the world are engaging in sex, and are tending to start at younger ages than in previous generations. Whilst sex education is most definitely improving at school, by the early twenties, many people seem to have disregarded the importance of practicing safe sex. Using a condom, or another form of protective device, serves a number of purposes which will be discussed below:

Minimises Risk Of Disease

Practicing safe sex performs the function of reducing the risk of catching or transmitting a sexually transmitted infection. These diseases can range significantly in terms of severity and the most commonly diagnoses STI’s are:

  • Chlamydia – The most common infection in the UK. Can be contracted through unprotected sex and in some people can be symptomless. Women occasionally suffer from a burning sensation when urinating and may experience pain in the lower abdomen after sexual intercourse. Can be detected by a urine test and it is important to have it treated with antibiotics, otherwise long term issues such as infertility may arise.
  • Gonorrhoea – This is a bacterial based sexually transmitted infection that can be contracted through sexual intercourse. Women normally feel a burning sensation and may experience some vaginal discharge. Similarly, men may feel a burning sensation when urinating and there is often a yellow/green discharge from the penis.  Again, this infection can be treated with antibiotics but can result in infertility if the carrier is not treated
  • Genital Herpes – This infection is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). When contracting herpes, the skin may become itchy and sore a few days afterwards. Antiviral medicines can be used to control herpes, however it is incurable. Most of the time however, the disease will remain inactive within the body, but can be triggered by certain things.

Of course, safe sex is important to avoid these non life threatening infections and diseases. However, using a condom and taking other precautions to make sure that intercourse is as safe as possible, is vital to stop spreading or contracting the HIV virus. 

It is most commonly transferred through unprotected sex, and is prevalent amongst gay men. Medical advancements have meant that carries can live with HIV for a long period of time, however eventually the disease breaks the immune system down and suffers develop AIDS when their body can no longer cope. HIV can be diagnosed by a blood test.

Apart from protecting against infections and diseases, safe sex is obviously useful to stop unwanted pregnancies. By using contraception, individuals are able to protect themselves from any unexpected situations that they may not be ready for.

It is vital to always practice safe sex, especially if it is with a stranger. There are certain areas in the world such as Africa and Asia where levels of more severe STI’s are higher, and therefore it is strongly advisable to use a condom when having sex.

If you have any sexual health concerns, visit the Broadgate Sexual Health Clinic where our GP’s can discuss in private any worries you may have.

What Does Blood In Your Stool Mean?

Going to the toilet and finding blood on the paper in or the bowl can be a worrying experience. You might suffer pain whilst passing a stool, or may just become aware of the blood after you have finished. Many people will pass blood in their stool very occasionally, and will think nothing of it. However, if it becomes a more regular occurrence, blood in the stool may be indicative of something more sinister and is an issue that should be checked out by a local GP immediately. Here we take a look at the potential reasons for blood in your stool:

Haemorrhoids

Probably one of the most common causes of anal bleeding is haemorrhoids or fissures. That is, the blood is caused as a result of a swollen blood vessel or a tear around the anus, which is irritated when stools are passed. In general, blood that is bright red in nature normally means that it is fresh and is likely to have come from somewhere near the anus, so fissures or haemorrhoids are usually a high possibility.  The chance of having fissures is increased if you are constipated and the stools are hard and difficult to pass.

Diverticula

Small bulges that form the lining of your bowl contain blood vessels and sometimes these can become weak and burst. The result is sudden, but painless bleeding and there may be quite a large quantity of blood in the stool.

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is a type of bowel cancer and can start out as little growths of polyps. Sometimes in the early stages of this form of cancer, the only sign of anything being untoward is bleeding from the anus and therefore dismissing it as being caused by something more minor, can have dangerous effects. Especially prevalent in older individuals, any rectal bleeding should really be checked out immediately. The risk of developing colon cancer can be reduced by removing the polyps.

Crohn’s Disease

A fairly uncommon, but unpleasant illness that can cause anal bleeding. This long term condition causes the lining of the bowel to become inflamed, and can cause bloody diarrhoea.

Generally speaking, bright red blood indicates that there is an issue nearer the anus, with darker, sticky blood indicating that the bleeding has occurred further up the digestive tract, and could be an indication of something more severe.

It is always better to be safe than sorry when experienced blood in your stool or on the toilet paper. By visiting the Broadgate London Walk-in Clinic, they will quickly be able to determine whether you are suffering from a minor problem such as an anal fissure, or whether further examination and treatment will be required for something potentially more serious. Many people avoid visiting their doctor for these issues do to embarrassment about being checked out. However, doctors are used to performing anal checks on a regular basis and it is better to be slightly embarrassed for a short period of time, than let a potentially deadly illness manifest itself in your body undetected. 

How To Avoid Getting Ill When Going On Holiday

Going on holiday and getting ill. A very unfortunate, but also a very regular occurrence with British holidays. There is nothing worse than packing your bags for two weeks of relaxation and luxury, only to spend the time blighted with illness. At best, holiday illness can result in a day or so glued to the hotel toilet, as bacterial infections pass through the body. At worst, illness can end in more severe consequences, with hospitalisation not an uncommon occurrence amongst British holiday makers. Below we take a look at the main preventative measures that can be taken to avoid getting ill whilst abroad.

Water

Travellers’ diarrhoea is the most commonly suffered ailment by those going on holiday abroad. Countries with a poor level of sanitation and a different system often have water with bacteria/parasites that our bodies are not used to. Natives to the country have grown up with the water and their bodies have adapted. Minimise the risk of getting ill through water by only drinking bottled water, and do not eat salads or any food which is likely to have been washed in water.

Be Careful As To What You Eat

The UK has very stringent health standards, which are not always replicated when travelling around Europe and the rest of the world. Ensuring that you eat cooked meat is a sure fire way to reduce the chance of catching salmonella (from chicken), or any other bacterial illness. Don’t try and save money by visiting cheap restaurants, as you may pay the price. Other foods that you may want to avoid to be on the safe side are things such as milk, cheese, shellfish and clams.

Vaccination

Before embarking on holiday, check the vaccination requirements recommended by the NHS. Failure to do so can have severe consequences, as in some countries, particularly in Asia and Africa, there is a high risk of contracting Hepatitis A or B, if you are not protected.

Good Personal Hygiene

Good personal hygiene can minimise the risk of getting ill. That means regularly washing your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap. It may seem like an elementary act, but it can often stop the transmission of bacteria.

Ultimately, whilst steps can be taken to try and to prevent getting ill when going on holiday, sometimes it is impossible to eliminate all risk completely and bugs and sickness can strike.

While they may be an annoyance, the vast majority of the time, they will pass through the system fairly rapidly and generally should not be treated too seriously. It is however when you visit high risk countries for illness and have started to show symptoms of some of the more serious conditions, such as Malaria, or Hepatitis A or B, that immediate action needs to be taken.

Breakthroughs in Malaria vaccination are only just coming to the fore and the main preventative measures that can be taken to avoid contraction of this illness are to use mosquito spray and nets (main carriers of the disease).

Visit our travel clinic section for more advice and information about where you are going and what vaccinations may be required.

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